Lil Kim, Missy Elliott, Da Brat Reunite at the Soul Train Awards

Don't call it a comeback (or them, femcees, for that matter, ew): on Sunday's Soul Train Awards, the Missy-Kim-Da Brat power trio joined forces for the performance of their 1996 hit "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)" in 16 years. No Angie Martinez, though (RIP Left Eye)—but Total was there! Also: MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, Lady of Rage.

Kool & the Gang received a tribute on the same show, but Eric Benet did the intro on the "Ladies' Night"-sampling song. It was a throwback jam among many, but none of the trio has lost a bit of charisma (some of Kim's recent material notwithstanding), and it's been nice to see recent tributes to pioneering women rappers from an era in which There Could Be More Than One. Granted, we're definitely getting back to a similar time—Minaj usurps all, of course, but the internet has made way more space for a multiplicity of women rappers across the board, doing more and diverse styles, too. But without getting nostalgic, it is true that for those of us who grew up on '90s women power-rappers, it can never be replicated.


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